If you’ve never tried this method of cooking chicken you’re in for a real treat. Soda can chicken keeps your whole bird moist and infuses it with flavor.
It’s super fun to do with kids, too, especially if they’re pre-teen boys. Don’t have a pre-teen boy? Then just use your imagination and giggle when appropriate. When we tested this recipe at my house, it was pretty much non-stop laughter.
You can roast this chicken in the oven, like I did, or grill it if your charcoal or gas grill is large enough.
Grilled peaches have become a summer staple at our house. Here, I use them as a side dish because the sweetness in the peach compliments the slightly sweet flavor in the chicken. We also like to grill them and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for a delicious dessert.
Soda Can Chicken with Grilled Peaches
Serves 8 (about ½ pound of chicken per person)
1 (4 lb) Brookshire’s whole chicken
1/4 cup Food Club salted butter, melted
2 Tbs Food Club brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice of 1 fresh lemon, divided
1 (12 oz) can lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite®)
1 small whole onion, peeled
1 squeezed lemon half
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Remove the giblets and rinse chicken inside and out with water. Pat dry with paper towels.
Stir together melted butter, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper, and half the lemon juice in a bowl. Rub the mixture over the entire chicken, including the cavity and beneath the skin.
Discard 1/2 of soda, leaving the rest in the can, and pour the remaining lemon juice into the can. Place the can on a baking sheet, and set the chicken upright on the can, inserting it into the cavity of the chicken. Plug the neck opening of the chicken with the onion and a squeezed lemon half to retain steam.
Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 F. Remove the chicken from the oven, discard the soda can, and cover chicken with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before slicing.
Nutritional Information: Calories 463; Calories from Fat 187; Total Fat 20.8g; Cholesterol 185mg; Sodium 220mg; Total Carbohydrates 8.7g; Sugars 8.0g; Protein 56.9g.
While the chicken is resting, grill your peaches.
Serves 8 (one serving equals 1/2 peach)
4 California peaches, pitted and sliced in half
2 Tbs Food Club salted butter, melted
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Whisk together melted butter and cinnamon. Brush on both sides of peaches.
Preheat grill to medium.
Place peaches, cut side down first, on grill. Grill until soft and beginning to char, about 3 minutes on each side.
Nutritional Information: Calories 45; Calories from Fat 23; Total Fat 3.0g; Cholesterol 7 mg; Sodium 21mg; Total Carbohydrates 4.7g; Dietary Fiber .8g; Sugars 4.1g; Protein .5g.